Located on the East end of Oak Island, the Oak Island pier is a popular attraction for many visitors throughout the year. The pier is noted for it's excellent saltwater fishing. Fishing starts around the first of April with large Bluefish, followed by Spanish, Trout and Flounder. King Mackerel start to show up when the water gets to around 64 degrees. Other species caught are Cobia, Whiting, Pompano, Spots, Sharks, Tarpon, Amberjack, Sheepshead, Black Drum, Red Drum, Croaker, Grey Trout, Ladyfish, Spadefish, Pinfish, and others. The North Carolina State Record for Tiger Shark came off this pier in 1966 by Walter Maxwell, and it weighed 1150 lbs.